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Spring Haiku Challenge

The kanji character "haru" means spring. It's time again for the annual NCPR Spring Haiku challenge. Join the hundreds who have sniffed out the season of new growth and put it all into a very few words

Today's Arts Events

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Aug 1, 2014 — Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
Aug 1, 2014 — The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.
Aug 1, 2014 — Academy Award-winning makeup artist Dick Smith has died at age 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Smith was responsible for bringing some of Hollywood's most iconic characters to life. Ari Shapiro speaks with Sue Cabral-Ebert, the president of the Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild, about Smith's legendary career.
Aug 1, 2014 — Critic Bob Mondello says Calvary, a darkly comic new film about a tough old Irish priest threatened with murder by an angry parishioner, is "bleak and corrosively funny in about equal measure."
Aug 1, 2014 — Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.

Preview: Northern Blend Chorus Open House in Watertown

Women who like to sing are invited to a special program of music Monday night in Watertown. The Northern Blend Chorus' Open House will feature a performance by the women's barbershop quartet For Heaven's Sake. Todd Moe talks with Northern Blend Chorus assistant director Katie Taylor about the joy of singing.  Go to full article

A jazz set by the Canton Jazz Combo

The seven-member Canton Jazz Combo visited the NCPR studio January 16, 2003. They talked with Martha Foley and recorded some fine jazz. They are raising money to finance a trip to a New York City jazz band competition later this year.

Playlist:
Tuxedo Junction, E. Hawkins
Harlem Nocturne, E. Hagen
Blue Bossa, K. Dorham

The Combo: alto sax, Laura Bomyea; tenor sax, Ashley Ross; trumpet, Jack Hammond; Trombone, Shane MacKellar, keyboards, Don Santamoor; bass, Jeff Utter; drums, Alan Darrah; director (not shown), Tim Savage, Canton Central Music Dept.  Go to full article

Preview: New Hollywood String Quartet in Saranac

This Sunday afternoon a little bit of Hollywood comes to the village of Saranac as Hill and Hollow Music presents four of the busiest string musicians in the film industry in a concert of traditional classical music and pieces inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Winter Reading Call-in

NCPR callers join hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson in compiling a fireside must-read list of authors and writing for 2003.  Go to full article

Someone Remembers and Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair performed by Richard Hayes Phillips

Richard Hayes Phillips has deep family roots in the North Country. His unique sound comes from modifying the familiar folk idiom using the kalimba, or African thumb piano, to...  Go to full article

Communities Prepare for First Night Festivities

Hundreds of cities across the nation will take part this year in an alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration. In New York state, including Watertown and Saratoga Springs, 13...  Go to full article

Recapturing Music's Roots

These days a lot of modern music depends heavily on technology. Guitars are electric and beats electronic. But since ancient times human beings have found a way to make...  Go to full article
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book

Arto Monaco: The King of Make Believe

Walt Disney opened his first theme park in the summer of 1955. But half a decade before Disneyland, there was Santa's Workshop in Wilmington ? the creation of north country...  Go to full article

Music With a Mission

A group of church musicians has released a CD of Christmas carols, to share a love of music and as a fundraiser. Rejoice contains music for the season, recorded...  Go to full article

Books: Hannah's Gift

Martha Foley talks with Maria Housden, author of Hannah's Gift.  Go to full article

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